Ubuntu 8.04 LTS / 8.10 / 9.04 : devscripts vulnerability (USN-847-1)
High Nessus Plugin ID 42082
SynopsisThe remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.
DescriptionRaphael Geissert discovered that uscan, a part of devscripts, did not properly sanitize its input when processing pathnames. If uscan processed a crafted filename for a file on a remote server, an attacker could execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user invoking the program.
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SolutionUpdate the affected devscripts package.